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$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Store, Homebrew Store ]
114 East William St.
phone: (734) 623-4430
Their parking lot is small but they do offer parking immediately in front of the building
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 32
quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Sept. 2005 Update: Wow, this place has gone to crap since Bryan the beer manager left. The prices have upped even more and the service more often than not doesn't know a thing. It pains me to shun this place, but the owners surely don't give a damn about craft beer right now beyond painting by numbers.
Beer: The signs out front don' lie, they truly carry over 650 different beers, covering every Midwest brand they can legally import and a dizzying array of foreign bottles. Brian is a Belgo-phile, visiting that yeasty motherland every year, so their Belgian section is quite strong, though their English selection is far from shabby. As per the culture of Michigan, this beer store like all others sells a lot of perishable items besides beer and wine, so a number of freezers are stolen away from beer.
Homebrew: Don't kid yourself, Beer Depot has a very good homebrew section! Both a wide range of Whitelabs and Wyeast yeasts are available in all their varying forms, and the hop selection is killer. They carry many rare or hard-to-find varieties like Northdown, Target, or Yakima Magnum, and have most of the popular chioces of Cascade, EKG, N. Brewer, Centennial, etc. in whole hop form. Both the yeast and hops are hidden in a walk-in section of southern-most freezer - ask or you'll never find them. As for malts, the selection has just about every specialty you could ask for and a heavy stock of base malts and malt extracts. Though confusing to peruse, their is also a full and detailed array of adjuncts and brewing gadgets (airlocks, salts, cappers, etc.). A scale and grain mill are available as well to weigh, crush, and re-seal grain bags.
As mentioned in another review, there is a computer that catalogs everything in the store with pictures and descriptions. There is also a library of more than two dozen books and magazines about beer and homebrewing. I don't buy 'em, but I've been known to lose track of time thumbing their pages in the back corner of the store.
08-27-2004 14:01:29 |
More by nomad
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5
Alright, so I'm already jealous of Ann Arbor just based on the selection of restaurants and then I visit this store.
I stopped in to just check it out. I knew I couldnt buy anything because I couldnt protect them from the heat that day. I almost cried when I saw all the choices. I believe I talked to Brian, I didnt get his name but he was obviously the buyer. He said they were up to 600 beers, 100 of which are Belgium. He pointed out some the aged offerings, such as the 1999 Sinebrychoff Porter.
Just about all of the six-packs, vast amounts of Michigan micro, were cold along with some of the Rogue, Sam Smith, Youngs, and Fullers products. The single bottle selection had the Belgiums, bombers and other high ABV out at room temp.
When I got the chance to get back there the next day I picked up some Two Hearted Ale and some Oberon, both excellent. But Brian wasn't there and the two women working gave me a funny look when I asked about Hennepin.
So on my third trip in three days I stopped in to grab some 1999 Sinebrychoff Porter, to take back to Ohio, and some Rogue Chocolate Stout to enjoy later that night.
The windows closest to the beer are tinted very dark. Just a little thing I thought stood out from other stores
The hours are great at the store too. Open from 9-2am most days.
07-06-2004 17:22:42 |
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